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Educational uses of Firefox

Educational uses of Firefox



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  • Please note that the intended audience is educators who use IE or who are new to Firefox. This presentation does not incorporate some of the tools a power user might require. Be sure you click on blue (hyperlinked) text.

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  • Mozilla Firefox Mozilla's Firefox is a web browser. (It's like Internet Explorer, only much better for you and your students!) Make sure you click on blue (hyperlinked) text.
  • Better than IE? How?
    • Firefox is FOSS.
    • Firefox is full of features.
    • Firefox offers endless customization features.
    Firefox runs on Windows or Mac. Windows: 2000 or higher Mac: OS X 10.4 or higher Click here for more information on system requirements.
  • Firefox is FOSS
    • Free Software - “a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.” (FSF, 2007, ¶3)
    • Open Source - access to the source code under certain distribution terms
    FOSS= Free Open Source Software Free is better!
  • Firefox is Full of Features
    • Security
    • Full zoom
    • Spell checker
    Great for those with visual impairments! These are just a few.
  • Security
    • Parental controls
    • Pop-up blocker
    • Password manager
    • Phishing and malware protection
    For more information on Firefox's security, click here . The add-on, Ad Block Plus will completely remove ads from websites. (This keeps students from accidentally clicking on ads!)
  • Full Zoom This becomes this. To zoom in Firefox, just hold down Ctrl and use the scroll button on the mouse.
  • Spell Checker Teach students to right-click and select the correct spelling, or have them find the correct spelling on their own to make edits.
  • Firefox Offers Endless Customization Features Add-ons are the cornerstone of customization, and are what really makes Firefox exceptional for education. Here are a few examples.
  • Text-to-Speech
    • Accessibar - also includes other accessibility features (e.g., change font and background color)
    • Parolu - for webpages written in Esperanto
    • FoxLingo - “The Ultimate Language Tool!”
      • Web Page Translation
      • Supports 52 languages
    There are also 75 different language dictionary add-ons. Click here to see them.
  • Calculators
    • These add-ons offer an alternative to buying scientific calculators:
    • Graphing Calculator Toolbar
    • Galculator
    • Calculator
  • Research
    • Notefish - allows users to save, organize, and share snippets of web pages
    • Zotero - helps users collect, manage, and cite research sources.
    • Diigo - social bookmarking uses the power of others' searches to improve research